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Apr 13, 2018

In this episode, we sat down with the Marxist sociologist Erik Olin Wright, who has taught at the University Wisconsin for over four decades.

We talk about the different understandings of class, how class shapes individual identities, and how it affects struggles to organize the shop floor and much more.

Erik Olin Wright website: https://ssc.wisc.edu/~wright/

 

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Apr 9, 2018

Michael Hudson discusses the so-called "trade war" developing between the U.S. and China.

 The Hudson Report is a Left Out weekly series with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every week, we look at an economic issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—in the press that week. 

 
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Apr 5, 2018
Here is a short clip of Erik Olin Wright, Marxist sociologist at the University of Wisconsin, speaking about the different conceptions of class.
 
The full episode is scheduled to release Thursday April 12th.
 
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Apr 3, 2018
In this episode we discuss the economic and political implications of the attempted murder of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal. We also touch upon the long history of collaboration between Russian oligarchs and Western banks and how it fits into the larger neoliberal project pursued after the collapse of the Soviet Union. 
 
 
The Hudson Report is a Left Out weekly series with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every week, we look at an economic issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—in the press that week. 
 
 
If you’re enjoying Left Out, please support us by becoming a subscriber on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leftout
 
 
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Mar 28, 2018

Senate Republicans and Wall Street friendly Democrats recently voted in favor of rolling back banking industry regulations, including key parts of Dodd-Frank, under the guise of providing relief for struggling community banks. Professor Michael Hudson weighs in on the details of the bill and its potential economic impact.

The Hudson Report is a new weekly series with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every episode we cover an economic or political issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—that week in the press.
 
If you’re enjoying Left Out, please support us by becoming a subscriber on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leftout
 
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Mar 17, 2018

Professor Michael Hudson discusses the ACLU's new report on the rise of modern-day debtors' prisons in America and compares this with the role of debt in antiquity.

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The Hudson Report is a Left Out weekly series with the legendary economist Michael Hudson. Every week, we look at an economic issue that is either being ignored—or hotly debated—in the press that week. 
 
If you’re enjoying Left Out, please support us by becoming a subscriber on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/leftout
 
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Mar 8, 2018
Stephanie Kelton is a leading American economist and a Professor of Public Policy and Economics at Stony Brook University. Kelton was Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee and Economic Advisor to the Bernie 2016 presidential campaign. She's most known for being a pioneer of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). 
 
In this episode, Professor Kelton debunks budget deficit and government spending myths and explains how understanding how our monetary system works is crucial to making the political and economic case for important programs like universal health care, free public higher education, infrastructure investment, and more.
 
We also explore some current economic issues, including how we might be able to cancel all public and private student debt in the U.S., and lastly the role and challenges of women in economics.
 

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Mar 6, 2018
Professor Stephanie Kelton, former Chief Economist - U.S. Senate Budget Committee and Advisor to Bernie 2016, reflects back on her academic career in economics - a field with only 13% women economists.
 
The full episode on MMT and debunking budget deficit myths will air Thursday, March 8th.
 
Mar 3, 2018

Professor Stephanie Kelton, former Chief Economist to the US Senate Budget Committee and Economic Adviser to Bernie 2016, on how the US federal government can easily "pay" for federal programs like social security. 

***Full will air on Thursday March 8th***

Feb 8, 2018

In this episode of Left Out, we speak with Professor Steve Keen about his latest book, Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?, as well as the failure of mainstream economics.

In late 2005, Keene became the first economist to predict the 2007-08 financial crisis, earning himself the Revere Award from the Real World Economics Review for “being the economist who most cogently warned of the crisis, and whose work is most likely to prevent future crises.”

In the first half of our interview, Professor Keen explains why conventional economic theory doesn’t describe capitalism accurately, as well as Hyman Minsky’s hypothesis on the significance of private debt in the economy— something that is largely ignored by the predominant “Neoclassical” school of economics today.

In the second half, we turn to the prescriptive. Keen contends the main thing people need to think about is that “as well as workers and capitalists we have creditors and debtors in this economy— and by far the most important social clash these days is not between workers and capitalists, it’s between the financial sector and the rest of the economy.”

As for the Left, Keen thinks in order to win it must be less reactive and more intelligent in their campaigning, otherwise the future we’ll face “will be that of The Hunger Games and not of a democratic society.” That means focusing more on the role of private debt than on wage campaigns or unionization, and fighting for a modern debt jubilee and universal basic income.

Keen wraps up our discussion with his forecast for the global economy and gives us his predictions for what countries are most likely to face a crisis in the next 1-3 years.

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Feb 5, 2018

Professor Steve Keen, the first economist to predict the 2008 financial crisis, explains why mainstream economists aren't experts on money and finance.

Jan 18, 2018

In this episode of Left Out, we sat down with Kali Akuno — the co-founder and co-directer of Cooperation Jackson. We discuss the emerging network of worker-owned cooperatives and the people behind it building an alternative, solidarity-based economy inside the majority-black and impoverished city of Jackson, Mississippi.

We then diver deeper into the different types of worker-owned cooperatives that makeup Cooperation Jackson; the importance of developing cooperatives with clear political aims; and the need for a nationwide network of cooperatives and solidarity economic institutions as a viable alternative to the exploitative nature of our current economic, social, and environmental relations.

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Jan 18, 2018

In our next episode of LEFT OUT we sit down with Kali Akuno of Cooperation Jackson and spoke to him about his new book, Jackson Rising: The Struggle for Economic Democracy and Black Self-Determination in Jackson, Mississippi. Here is a short clip from that interview.  

 

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